On the agenda for today's 3 p.m. meeting at City Hall:
The contract is intended to replace a more expensive contract with the county that expired Sunday.
The county is seeking to sue the city over more than $2 million it calculates the city owes for landfill fees. Those payments would ruin the city, officials say, but county representatives say they have an obligation to recover taxpayer money.
Council members had sought to modify the contract with Burrtec so they could bow out with 12 months' notice if better options came along. Both companies said that wouldn't work because pricing was based on a five-year contract, but they added a provision allowing the city to use any new technologies developed before the contract expires.
The council hasn't implemented consumer price index increases that it could have since 2008, meaning rates could go up 9.8percent.
The council considered this item at its Dec. 3 meeting, with some council members describing it as a common-sense measure that would mean only an increase of "pennies" for most customers but City Attorney James F. Penman strongly opposed it.
"That's a wonderful way to circumvent your responsibility to approve rate increases," Penman said Dec. 3 of the provision for "automatic" increases as other costs go up. "In light of the bankruptcy and everything else that's going on, yes, I've got a real problem with this."
The committee estimates that restoring the 31-year-old statue will cost $8,500, plus $1,500 a year in annual maintenance.
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